Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
I’m not sure if the tears in my eyes this morning are from laughter or from sadness over how pathetic and trivial this rhetoric has really become:
Continuing the week-long violation of High School Debate Club 101, “President Bush said Thursday that withdrawing now from Iraq would leave Americans at risk of terrorist attacks “in the streets of our own cities,” and he cast the struggle against Islamic extremists as the costly but necessary successor to the battles of the last century against Nazism and Communism.”
Er, [sniffle]…I feel more tears…is it from weeping?
Bush “echoed allusions to the failed strategy of trying to appease Nazi Germany. He called today’s terrorists “successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists and other totalitarians of the 20th century,” and cautioned Americans against concluding that five years after the Sept. 11 attacks the threat had receded. “That feeling,” he said, “is natural and comforting – and wrong.”
LOL. Nope, it’s laughter alright.
Let’s get a few things straight (for the umpteenth time):
The “Islamic Terrorists” are not fascists.
They are not a military, nor do they represent a nation/state.
They have no authority to carry out “totalitarianism”, “authoritarianism” or any other form of power over other groups of people.
State Terrorism is the use of violence, generally without the support of law, by government officials as a way to control the population.
“Islamic Terrorists” don’t possess the formal organizations necessary to carry out such an exercise of power.
Therefore, they are not comparable to “Nazis”, “Fascists”, or “Communists”.
Their “ideology” is a religious one, not one borne of governmental or political beliefs.
They don’t “hate us because we’re free”; they hate modernity, which defacto means they hate everyone, including themselves.
Terrorism is an act of violence, or threat of violence, used as a political strategy, by an individual or dispossessed group of people.
Terrorism is a criminal tactic.
Terrorism is a crime, therefore Terrorists are criminals.
Criminals are not eradicated via the military; Criminals are eradicated through good intelligence and aggressive law enforcement.
Every case made against terrorists and terrorism in the past five years was made through law enforcement and various judicial systems throughout the world.
Nazism, Fascism and Communism were nation/state ideologies and were eliminated militarily throughout the 20th century.
Terrorists are criminals and will be eliminated through good police work in the 21st century.
“In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.” – Coleridge